The Forest Road Scheme provides grants to help cover the cost of building forest roads primarily for harvesting but also for other management activities such as fire protection and recreation. Forest roads also improve the environmental value of forests by increasing edge effects.
How to qualify
All private owners of forests are eligible to apply. To qualify for the scheme you must be over 18 years of age and hold a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN). Companies must provide their company registration details.
A special construction works grant
is also included in the scheme for 50% of the cost of the project up to a maximum of €5,000 per application. This covers work such as a permanent bridge or drainage pipes greater than 1 metre in diameter. Applicants must comply with all the conditions of the scheme.
A qualified civil engineer or engineering surveyor must prepare specifications and supervise special construction works and roads longer than 500 metres.
Rates of payment
Grants of up to 100% of eligible costs incurred in the construction of a forest road are available and are paid in one installment.
In order to calculate the length of road that can be built you must determine the eligible area. This is based on the thinning schedule
of the forest being served by the road. Where 50% or greater of the area is due for harvesting in the next three years the entire area is deemed eligible. Otherwise only the area that is going to be thinned can be counted as the eligible area.
Grants are available for the costs incurred in the construction of forest roads up to the maximum limit in the table below:
Maximum Rate €/Linear metre (Excl. VAT)
Maximum Density (metre/ha)
Harvesting Upgrade or Extension as defined
Special Construction Works
Up to €5,000
Up to €5,000
An additional allowance is available to cover costs up to €800 where a new entrance to the public road is being created or modified.